Course structure

During this three-year program you’ll follow a range of courses and work on projects in technology, social sciences, economics and ethics. You can choose between two technology specializations: Sustainable Energy or Sustainability in the built environment (English). Each specialization has its own package of four technology courses which must be completed in full during the program. The communication language of this major is English.

Elective courses

A quarter of the program consists of elective courses that you can choose yourself. These allow you to tailor your study to your own interests. You can opt to broaden your knowledge by following courses from a different specialization, or gain more in-depth knowledge in your own specialization. Electives are available in areas such as: 

  • Sustainable energy technology 
  • Smart buildings and cities 
  • Innovation management 
  • Technology for sustainable development 
  • Psychology and technology 

Elective courses start in the first year. But you don’t have to make choices on your own. Experienced TU/e coaches will support you with personal advice throughout your program. That starts at registration when, together with your coach, you look at which specialization and electives are the best fit for you. In this way, you create your own program, that matches your own interests and ambitions. And if you find in your first year that a different program would be a better choice, your coach will help you work out the best way to change program during the year. 

Note: If you do not speak Dutch your choice of elective courses will be limited. Not all courses are given in English.

Like to know more about the course structure?

Please visit our study guide to learn more about the course structure.

Training approaches

Various teaching approaches are employed during this program: 

  • Lectures: A lecturer presents and explains the theory 
  • Tutorials: You undertake theory exercises under the supervision of a lecturer and / or assistant 
  • DBL projects: In small teams of fellow students, you combine and apply the theory from your lectures to field-based assignments related to innovation